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Take any noble musical air, and you find, on examining it, that not one even of the faintest or shortest notes can be removed with ...
The essential is to go on squirming forever at the end of the line, as long as there are waters and banks and ravening in heaven a ...
... no book ... ever competed with the Bible. The story of Ruth was better than Ramona, and the poetry of Job was better than Long ...
... often when I write I am trying to make words do the work of line and colour. I have the painter's sensitivity to light. Much ( ...
The short story is at an advantage over the novel, and can claim its nearer kinship to poetry, because it must be more concentrate ...
What is a novel? I say: an invented story. At the same time a story which, though invented has the power to ring true. True to wha ...
When I read a story, I relive the moment from which it sprang. A scene burned itself into me, a building magnetized me, a mood or ...
... into the novel goes such taste as I have for rational behaviour and social portraiture. The short story, as I see it to be, al ...
I am dead against art's being self-expression. I see an inherent failure in any story which fails to detach itself from the author ...
The perfect detective story cannot be written. The type of mind which can evolve the perfect problem is not the type of mind that ...
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